The Historic Organ of All Hallows’ Gospel Oak

William Hill & Son, Job 2449

The Organ


“This instrument is one of the hidden treasures of North London. Every aspect of the pipework is of the finest workmanship and quality and the overall effect is a versatile symphony of sound. Sadly, the years have taken their toll and the instrument is now in need of a comprehensive renovation if it is to re-establish its place as one of the great organs of London.”—Colin Walsh, Organist Laureate of Lincoln Cathedral & international recitalist

“It is a fine organ and a very good example of an unadulterated Hill, his final instrument and therefore of historic value. However it’s now almost unplayable. The wind and action are both unreliable and will need careful restoration to restore the organ to its former glory.”—Martin Baker, Master of Music, Westminster Cathedral

All Hallows’ Gospel Oak is proud to possess the last major organ to be built under the sole directorship of the eminent English firm, William Hill & Son. It is an outstanding instrument with 43 stops over four manuals and pedals. The instrument remains unaltered, giving it special historical and cultural significance. This is recognised in a Grade I certificate of historical importance from the British Institute of Organ Studies.

After one-hundred years of use, the organ is justifiably showing its age and, although mostly in working order—thanks to dedicated individuals who have given much time to maintain it—the stage has now been reached where a thorough and ordered conservation programme is urgently required. This site will document progress in achieving this as well as giving information about the organ and details of events at All Hallows’ Church.

The organ is now in the care of Henry Willis & Sons Ltd